(Editor’s note: With the postponement of Retromobile to March, this auction has been rescheduled for March 18-19.)
Although the auction doesn’t take place until February 4, 2022, Artcurial Motorcars already is touting its docket, which includes the Gordini Type 18S driven by Juan Manual Fangio and Jose Froilan Gonzalez in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1950.
Also on the docket are the 2011 Peugeot 908 that won the Zhuhai 6 Hours, the Bandini collection of nine competition cars, a group of 19 rally cars from the estate of Beaudoin Lempereur, and the Bruno Lafourcade collection of four Bugattis and two Alfa Romeos collected by the architect.
Only two of the Gordini Type 18S racers were built with aerodynamic bodies made of duralumin, and the chassis No. 020S berlinetta being offered remains in “exceptionally original condition,” still with its 1950 upholstery and with the only Gordini compressor engine remaining, Artcurial reports.
The car remains in its guise after Fangio’s drive in the 1951 Rome-Liege-Rome race. Artcurial expects it to sell for €800,000 to €1.6 million ($925,500 to $18.5 million).
The Zhuhai-winning 2011 Peugeot 908 is powered by a turbocharged V12 diesel-fueled engine and is chassis 07 driven to victory in China by Sebastien Bourdais and Anthony Davidson. The victory was Peugeot’ sixth (and last) in seven races.
Since that race, the car was overhauled by Peugeot Sport and delivered to the consignor. since then, it has been started ony for demonstrations.
The Bandini Collection is consigned by Dino Bandini, nephew of car-builder Ilario Bandini. Dino Bandini is the author of a book on the company’s history and a complete register of the 75 automobiles built by his uncle in Emilia-Romagna.
Among the cars being offered are the 1957 Bandini 750 Internazionale with streamlined aluminum coachwork, the 1953 Bandini 750 Sport Siluro still looking like it did when Ilario Bandini drove it in the Mille Miglia, and a 1957 Bandidni 750 Gt Veloce Berlinette Zagato that won first prize in the 1959 Rimini Concours d’elegance before racing at Daytona and Sebring.
The Lafourcade Collection includes a quartet of Bugattis — a 35C with racing provenance, an original 44 Faux cabriolet bodied by Labourette, a Type 13 and a 37 “Petit-Coupe” re-construction, as well as an Alfa Romeo SZ Coda tonda and Guilietta Sprint veloce Alleggerita.
The Lempereur Collection of rally cars includes several Fords, among them a Lotus Cortina, Sierra RS Cosworth and RS200.
Also on the docket is a 1924 Hispano-Suiza H6B that has been part of the consignor’s family since his grandfather acquired the car in 1925. The car went into storage in World War II, with mechanical components protected with paraffin and with the engine crank handle turned regularly, Artcurial reports. The car was discovered during Artcurial’s recent tour de France excursion.